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  • Students of Dedham Public Schools have a variety of options available to extend their learning into the summer.  For some students, the offered programs provide a space to learn something new and prepare for a new school environment alongside fellow peers.  For others, the programs provide a chance to catch up or reinforce skills that could benefit from some extra support.     

    All programs have been designed to ensure students not only have access to the academic or social/emotional support they may need, but to also ensure that creativity, movement and fun are part of their day.   


    To register, log onto your PowerSchool parent portal: PowerSchool Parent Portal
    There is no need to create a new account. The District has created parent accounts for everyone using the current email we have for you on file. If you do not know your user name and password, click "forgot username or password" and PowerSchool will send a link to reset your password. If you have any trouble logging in OR you do not see your students listed after you log in, please contact for support.
    Registrations will show up under Forms.

    LEAP Summer Academic Support Programs are designed to provide extra learning time and assistance to students who may benefit from extra support before the next school year. Summer support programs are offered - free of charge - by Dedham Public Schools.   

    If your child qualifies for a support program, you will receive communication from your child’s home school regarding any next steps.  

    Program information and descriptions below are provided for information purposes only.

Support Programs Offered

  • Extended School Year

  • Elementary English Language Learners

  • Elementary Summer Academic Support Program

  • DMS Summer Academic Support Program (gr. 7, 8, 9)

  • DMS Academic Support - grade 6


    LEAP Summer Academic Enrichment programs provide a wide variety of academic, creative and engaging topics for students to continue their learning through the summer months.  Taught mostly by Dedham educators, programs are available for students entering Kindergarten through Middle School.  All Academic Enrichment programs require a registration process, and have a designated fee to participate.   


Enrichment Programs Offered

  • Kindergarten Jump Start! CANCELLED

  • Avery Institute

  • TREK (Technology, Recreation, Enrichment, Knowledge)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I receive a confirmation of my registration?

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    Payment confirmation is emailed to you immediately when you submit the registration form online for Jump Start, TREK and Avery Institute. If you do not see an email confirmation in your inbox, please check your email spam folder. 

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  • How should I send payment for enrichment programs?

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    Online payment can be processed at the time of registration via Powerschool

    If you choose to pay by check, please make checks payable to "Town of Dedham".   Registration is not complete until the check is received and payment is processed.   Checks can be sent in to school with your child, or dropped in the mail to Dedham Public Schools Alyssa Freda, Director of ESD/ESY Programming, 100 Whiting Avenue, Dedham, MA 02026.

    After any necessary lotteries on June 2, a registration confirmation email will be sent out with details for those enrolled in the programs and all checks will be processed. Your check will be returned to you if your child is on a waitlist. Please give a call if you have any questions.

    Avery Institute Registration:  Registration is a rolling registration and can be completed (as course availability allows) into July. 

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  • What if I need to cancel my child’s participation in the program?

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    Cancellations received after June 1, 2023 will not be eligible for refund of registration fees. Cancellations received prior to June 1st are eligible for 50% refund of registration fees.

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  • Can I transfer my fees to another child?

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    All fees are non-transferable. 

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  • Is transportation provided for Jump Start ?

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    Yes, transportation will be provided and is included in the registration fee. You will receive detailed information once your child’s spot in the program is confirmed. 

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  • How do I register my child for a summer Academic Support program?

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    Summer academic support programs are available only to students who have been identified and recommended by school administrators.   Your family will be contacted if the school believes your student would benefit from participating in one of these programs.   If you have not been contacted regarding summer support services, but believe your child needs them, we encourage you to contact your child's teacher or principal with any concerns.

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  • Can my child participate in afternoon Enrichment if they are doing a morning support program?

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    Yes.  You may register your child for an Enrichment session in the afternoon, following their support program.   Online registration and payment for the Enrichment program will be required.  Please let Heidi Dineen Serpis, Avery Site Coordinator, know if you are adding an Enrichment program to your student's day, so that she can help coordinate transportation adjustments.   

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  • If you have any questions about DPS Summer Programming please do not hesitate to reach out!

    Alyssa Freda

    Director of ESD/ESY Programming
    Dedham Public Schools